The Big Easy, stars Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, and I found it a really enjoyable film. Dennis Quaid plays a smooth talking, wise cracking Lt. in the New Orleans Police, who enjoys the perks his job affords him. Ellen Barkin is the uptight member of the District Attorney’s Office who is sent to investigate police corruption, after a number of Mafia style murders take place.
Despite the fact that the two characters have very different attitudes and belief systems, there is an undeniable attraction between them, but professionally, they find themselves at odds with each other.
The story moves along at a cracking pace, and I never felt bored while watching. Dennis Quaid is very sexy in a sleazy kind of way, and the chemistry between him and Barkin is positively sizzling!
Both of the two lead actors are excellent, even if Dennis Quaid’s New Orleans accent takes some getting used to at first!
I can’t believe I haven’t watched this movie before now – however, I will definitely be watching it again!
Year of release: 1986
Director: Jim McBride
Writer: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Main cast: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman